This Martini Fiero Spritz is made with prosecco and sparkling water for a refreshing summer cocktail. It has a distinct flavor profile and makes a great alternative to the classic Aperol Spritz.
The zesty notes of the Martini Spritz are enhanced by salty foods. Serve this drink at happy our (or at aperitivo hour as the Italians would say) with salty crackers and mix of green and black olives.
What you need to know about Martini Fiero
Martini Fiero is a modern vermouth made of white wines that were aromatized and fortified with citrus and bittersweet orange.
Fiero has a strong blood-orange flavor combined with slightly acidic wine notes that end on a fresh citrus note.
Both are bitter orange liqueurs with a bright orange-reddish color. However, their composition and taste are completely different. Aperol is mainly made of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, and Fiero a blend of white wines. Fiero is less sweet than Aperol whit a strong blood-orange flavor that ends on a fresh citrus note. Aperol has a milder taste that reminds of mandarine and a more bitter aftertaste.
You can drink it as a Spritz with prosecco or as a long drink with tonic water.
According to Barnivore, due to the use of gelatin of animal origin during the filtration process, Martini products are not vegan friendly.
Barnivore is a crowdsourced platform, where vegans from all over the world ask producers if their products are vegan and share the answers online.
Why you'll love this recipe
- This Martini Spritz has a relatively low alcohol content compared to other cocktails. Plus you can always dilute it with sparkling water.
- It's fun, zesty and refreshing for summer.
- Martini Fiero is a great alternative to Aperol. It's often cheaper, too.
Which Prosecco to choose?
There are 3 types of prosecco called spumante (sparkling), frizzante (semi-sparkling) and tranquillo (still) depending on their fizziness. You can further categorize them according to their residual sugar levels and resulting sweetness.
- Brut has the lowest residual sugar content after fermentation (< 12g/L).
- Extra dry and dry kinds are sweeter than brut prosecco.
- Demi-sec has a sugar content of up to 50 g/L and is, therefore, the sweetest type of prosecco.
Martini Fiero pairs wells with sparkling brut or dry prosecco. Martini and Rossi's own prosecco works great, too.
You want to look for a Designation Of Controlled Origin (DOC). Prosecco DOC is the basic quality level of Prosecco. It's widely available for producers and guarantees a certain quality. Prosecco Superiore DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) indicates a higher quality prosecco with grapes growing on the steepest hills of the Treviso province of Veneto.
Step-by-step (with pictures)
STEP 1: Pour the Martini Fiero into a large wine or balloon glass. Use a cocktail jigger for precise measurements.
STEP 2: Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add the prosecco and a splash of sparkling water (or lemonade or tonic water).
STEP 3: Garnish with a slice of orange and thyme. Use blood orange in winter and spring.
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Frequently asked questions
Martini recommends serving Martini Fiero with tonic water, which is a great alternative to Prosecco. Champagne or other sparkling wine work great, too.
You can buy any type of Martini at well-stocked liquor stores. Check the liqueur sections (next to the Campari). Alternatively, you can also find it online.
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Martini Fiero Spritz
- 1.5 oz (45 ml) Martini Fiero 3 tablespoons
- Crushed ice
- 2 oz (60 ml) Martini prosecco ¼ cup
- 1 splash of sparkling water
- 1 orange slice
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
Pimp your Spritz
- 1 oz (30 ml) orange juice 2 tablespoons
- ½ oz (15 ml) ginger syrup 3 teaspoons
- Add the Martini to a large wine or balloon glass.
- Add in the orange juice and ginger syrup if using. Give it a good stir.
- Top it with crushed ice.
- Pour in the prosecco and finish it off with a splash of sparkling water.
- Garnish with a slice of orange and fresh thyme.
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